A balloon carrying foreign tourists on a sightseeing trip south of Egypt's city of Luxor crashed on Friday morning, leading to the death of one tourist and injuring seven others, according to the state-run newspaper Al-Ahram. No details were immediately available on the nationalities of the victims.
Egypt's civil aviation ministry said 21 hot air balloons had taken off and landed with no incident on Friday but the one that crashed had landed too forcefully.
In 2016, Egypt temporarily halted balloon flights after 22 Chinese tourists suffered minor injuries in a crash landing of their hot air balloon.
This was exacerbated by the 2015 Russian plane crash, which killed all 224 passengers and crew on board, majority Russian tourists. The tragedy came four years after a hot air balloon crash injured 13 tourists seeking an aerial view of the city. Balloon flights were grounded for two months after that accident.
After that bombing, Russian Federation imposed a ban on all flights to Egypt and Egypt's national carrier is still barred from flying to Russian Federation. The injured included tourists from Spain, South Africa and Argentina.